brian folt

Brian Folt

Nevada Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit | Assistant Leader he/him


Folt is a wildlife population biologist who is interested in supporting good decisions in natural resource management. His research field research, quantitative methods, and structured decision-making approaches to help understand how landscapes influence wildlife populations and support value-based wildlife management decisions in an inclusive and transparent framework. His work often estimates how habitat or landscapes influence demographic vital rates (survival, growth, reproduction) which allows for building predictive models for how populations function and might be influenced by management options being considered by agencies. To this end, he work closely with cooperating agencies to co-produce science that can support wildlife management decisions that they are facing. Current research projects involve applied management problems related to wild horses, Mojave desert tortoises, and ungulates in the Great Basin ecoregion.

Honors and Awards

US Geological Survey STAR Award (2022 x2, 2023)
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Best Oral Presentation, Ecology - 2017
Auburn University, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Outstanding Departmental Graduate Teaching Award - 2017


  • Ph.D. 2017 Auburn University (Ecology)
  • B.S. 2011 Ohio University (Biological Sciences)